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State begins partial takeover of Sunland Park

May 15, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state Monday began a partial takeover of the troubled border town of Sunland Park after the state auditor released a report accusing officials of using the town’s multi-million-dollar budget as personal slush funds. Immediately following the release of the report from Auditor Hector Balderas, Finance and Administration...

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Second canine rabies case confirmed in Carlsbad

May 15, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials say 11 people are receiving vaccinations after being exposed to a dog that had rabies. The Department of Health announced Monday that it confirmed rabies in the 8-year-old dog. The animal developed signs of...

Jurors deliberating in NM death penalty trial

May 15, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Jurors on Monday began deliberating whether to allow prosecutors to seek the death penalty in the case of a man convicted of murdering a Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputy. The prosecution and defense delivered their closing...

NM prosecutor resigns after run-in with deputies

May 15, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office says one of its prosecutors has resigned following a weekend run-in with deputies. Albuquerque television station KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/KhUBuj) Alisha Maestas resigned...

NM regulators consider pit rule changes

May 15, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A panel of New Mexico regulators is considering a request by the oil and natural gas industry to revamp regulations that govern how energy developers handle drilling waste. A weeklong hearing on the so-called pit rule started Monday in...

Silver City fire contained, evacuations lifted

May 15, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a 13-acre fire that forced the brief evacuation of several homes near Silver City has been contained. The Grant County Sheriff’s Department says the homes were evacuated Sunday as a precaution. Residents were...

Manager’s departure latest of 4 for NM city

May 15, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The city manager of Alamogordo has resigned, making the fourth departure of a high ranking official this year. The Alamogordo Daily News (http://bit.ly/JOAfIB ) reports City Manager Mark Roath tendered his resignation Friday to the...

Groups urge EPA to revoke uranium permit

May 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmental groups are hopeful that a decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider a permit for a uranium mining operation in western New Mexico could lead to the end to the project. Members of Eastern Navajo...

Dixon orchard operators, NM Land Office at odds

May 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A land swap involving more than 13 square miles is at the heart of a feud between the New Mexico State Land Office and the family that has operated the Dixon’s Apple Orchard for three generations. The Mullane family is ready to...

NMSU takes steps to boost salaries to keep faculty

May 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Faculty members and staff at New Mexico State University will be getting raises this summer as part of an effort to keep employees from leaving over lagging salary levels. Several faculty members said the efforts to boost...